Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription YORKSHIRE VERSUS YORKSHIRE. 45
perceptible to Blonay not less than to his dog. With the con-
firmation of his conjecture, the woodman turned quickly to the
forest cover, and, shaking his head, cried to his companion, as
he bounded into its depth
Look to yourself, stranger, for, as sure as a gun, some of
them sodgers is a-coming. They'll shoot you through the
body, and chop you into short meat, if you don't cut for it."
He disappeared on the instant, but not in flight. His pur-
pose was to mislead Blonay, and it was sufficient for this that
he simply removed himself from sight. Keeping the edge of
the forest, as close to the road as he well might, to avoid dis-
covery from it, he now chose himself a station from which he
might observe the approaching horsemen, and, at the same
time, remain in safety. This done, he awaited patiently their
approach. His late companion, in the meanwhile, whose
policy was a like caution, quickly followed the suggestion and
example of the woodman, and sank into the forest immediately
opposite that which the latter had chosen for his shelter.
Here he imbowered himself in the woods sufficiently far for
concealment, and, hiding his horse, and placing his dog in
watch over him, he advanced on foot within a stone's cast from
the road, to a spot commanding a good view of everything
upon it. Here, in deep silence, he also stood ´┐Ża range of
trees between his person and that of the approaching horse-
men, and his form more immediately covered by the huge body
of a pine, from behind which he occasionally looked forth in
scrutinizing watchfulness.